A referendum on changes to the constitution is due to take place across the Republic of Congo on Sunday 25 October. An opposition rally has been announced on 23 October on boulevard Alfred Raoul and you are advised to avoid the area. On Tuesday 20 October, a political rally in Brazzaville was met with a significant police and military deployment and violent clashes led to four deaths and several arrests being made. Further small scale unrest took place through the morning in Pointe Noire.
You should take extra care and avoid all large public gatherings. Further unrest is expected over the coming days leading up to and including 25 October.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Likouala province due to a large influx of displaced people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). UNHCR estimates around 110,000 refugees are currently in Likouala province.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the Pool region.
There is no British Embassy in the Republic of Congo and the level of consular assistance the FCO can offer to British nationals is limited. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British Honorary Consul in Brazzaville, Mr Dominique Picard (telephone: +242 06647323 or 055513 251) or the British Embassy in Kinshasa, DRC.
Remember to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.